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For West-Bank Arabs only 2 real options exist

Reader comment on: Israel's Strategic Challenges: The Next Five Years

Submitted by G Marcus (United States), Sep 13, 2013 10:11

FOR WEST-BANK ARABS ONLY 2 OPTIONS EXIST:
(A) HAMAS RULE, (B) JORDANIAN RULE

Option of Fatah rule in West Bank is none other than State Dept fiction and doesn't exist in the real world.
Only power keeping Fatah alive and preventing West Bank from being overrun by Hamas (just like Gaza) is the Israeli army.
For West Bank Arabs therefore, there are only 2 real options to pick from:
(a) Hamas rule, or (b) Jordanian rule.
Jordan, part of initial Palestine Mandate, was separated by the Brits in 1922 to create original Pal-Arab state and is today one of best-run Arab states.
Peace treaty with Egypt provides Israel with a demilitarized Sinai buffer.
Solutions:
- Gaza: Under some linkage to Egypt, needs to be turned into an autonomous Arab entity that can prosper as a Singapore/Dubai-like industrial/logistics hub on the Eastern Mediterranean.
- West Bank: In light of more complex geopolitics as well as looming Hamas takeover, parts of West Bank should to be linked to Jordan in some sort of federative structure; safeguarding security and settlements for Israel, demographics for Arabs, holy sites for both.
Egypt and Jordan face no alternative, because they can't allow adjacent Muslim Bros (Hamas) or irridentist (Fatah) regimes, respectively.
Any further "Palestinism" or 2-state solution on a narrow sliver, will only ensure more war, bloodshed and misery, not hoped-for peace!
Such an agenda stands to serve none other than the PLO's 1974 Staged Plan and will inevitably prove detrimental not only to Israel, but also to Jordan, Egypt, and ultimately to Palestinian-Arabs themselves.


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